Books by Dr. Ronald D. Bissell
One of the important parts of my clinical practice is what I call my evening ritual. Each evening I call patients who underwent surgery that day to see how they are doing and to offer any help or answer any questions they may have. One night I called a patient and received the following greeting from her mother. "Bad day", she said as she answered the phone. Can you imagine such a response? I wondered what had happened to her that day. She was alive but didn't see beyond whatever had caused her emotional pain. Another patient looked out the window of my examination room turned to me and said, "I hate the sun shining in my eyes." In stating this, he also missed the beauty of a rock garden covered with flowers, colorful bushes and trees. He missed the songs of birds, squirrels and chipmunks. He failed to see beyond the inconvenience of the sun shining in his eyes. How many people do you know who live their lives from such perspectives? How many fail to see the blessing and the joy that life affords? How many fail to understand there is more to life than what they see? How many create illness and sorrow by failing to see life presents us a mask - a mask we must penetrate in order to fully understand and appreciate the gifts life gives to us.
It has taken me years to begin to understand how different other people view life. I studied western medicine and eastern thought. I have worked to understand the physical laws of disease and the spiritual laws of healing. It is from this experience I draw knowledge and perception. It is from this viewpoint that I see a force behind each movement we make, a force greater than any human desire, a force that breathes life into each cell of our bodies, a force that causes our wounds to heal. You see, each time I perform surgery or watch a patient heal, I am reminded a miracle has transpired - a miracle beyond our physical perception. So many doctors feel they have enacted the miracle. They see only the physical results of their work. They fail to see the true world that lies beyond their limited human sight. They gaze upon the physical and never see beyond it into a realm of utmost wonder.
At one time in my life I also looked at the physical mask. It's a translucent veil between a world limited by our five senses and a world of unlimited energy and potential. I looked with inadequate human eyes and failed to see the limitation such sight allowed. I failed to see how it covered the boundary between one dimension and the next. I wasn't able to see the full spectrum of the universe - for human eyes only see remnants of this universe because they're blinded by the sights and temptations presented by the physical realm. You see, the physical realm has limitless attractions. People become pulled in one direction and then the next. They flounder in a prefabricated stupor - for that is the realm they see.
Is it possible to see beyond this mask - this veil? Can we live our lives from a new and different perspective? I searched for years to discover the answers to these questions. What I found filled my life with wonder and changed its meaning and direction. I became a new person energized with new tools with which I could live my life and inspire the world of others. My new world was fed by what I saw beyond the physical mask and this new world became the focal point of my life.
I have always been an introspective individual. I spend many moments in quiet contemplation. During this time, I am able to see between two realms. One that is physical; the other beyond the mask. As I matured that quiet remained within me - deep within. I was able to identify the physical mask and pass through it in order to search the realm beyond. I crossed often, for in this place I was peaceful and content. Within it I found information that became the director of my life. Others saw me as philosophical. I found this unconventional perspective provided me a source of strength; a source from which I could obtain rest and solace.
I entered professional school and proceeded directly into internship and residency. I seemed to be on a path¾a direction that I could not understand at the time. I was schooled in all the proper methods of the treatment of disease and became an accomplished Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. I received all the accolades and specialty degrees this world provided. I was truly successful in the eyes of all I met. Within, however, in that place of quiet, there was always a rumbling; a yearning to connect with another plane¾another realm. When the stresses of everyday practice became overpowering I passed through the mask and returned to the inner world of quiet for rest, the discharge of any accumulated stress and the renewal of my strength. I could face another day with renewed energy.
What interested me the most were words that came to me during these times of quiet. Each one carried with it packets of strength - moments of bliss¾reflections of eternity. I listened to each one and became enthralled with the extent and content of their love. I listened and the Spirit spoke:
Begin to understand your inner guide. It said.
Begin to hear its voice.
Begin to understand its worth in your life,
to ascertain its value
and the ability to become new.
You see, each of us has the ability to listen - each can center and focus their world. In the physical world there are too many distractions - too many fears. Seeing beyond the mask changes that perspective and allows us to become free. We are then no longer restricted by barriers and obstructions but find limitless horizons - unending vistas that open our minds to possibilities the physical world never reveals. We become in tune with our inner desires and find our life's direction and needs. Again Spirit said:
Each of you seems to wander.
Each forgets the daily needs of their souls.
You move here and there
escaping the ups and downs of life.
You forget the joy of inner work,
the needs of inner work,
the love of inner work.
It's the time you spend beyond the mask that changes your life. It is there you find the most compelling stories - messages from eternity. It is there you contemplate your future life and see its direction in a detail unknown to your physical world. You find comfort from the Source that creates your world. You enter the quiet, pass through the mask and open your inner ears to eternity. You enter the quiet, listen and retrieve messages that connect with your world. Spirit said:
Begin to hear your inner voice.
It is always with you.
Follow its advice and hear its eternal wisdom.
and follow each word.
Follow each moment
and see your world change.
What amazes me is the blindness people have to the real presence of this inner realm. Most people fail to understand the incompleteness of the physical realm. They walk each day to the message of the physical and become mesmerized and hypnotized by the all powerful persuasion that surrounds them. How can quiet compare to the hustle and bustle¾the stressful confusion they experience? The women who had a "bad day" the gentleman who could not see beyond the sun shining in his eyes are both examples of the blindness of those who choose to completely stay within the physical realm. If they could only take the time to view how this mask prevents them from seeing the truth¾the reason for life. Could they slow their lives to see beyond the mask? Do they fear what they would experience if they took the time to review and contemplate their lives? In quiet, the voice of eternity can be heard clearly. It echoes this concern. In quiet the Spirit speaks:
Too many of you fail to hear.
You fail to listen to the Spirit's words.
You work daily at jobs that create tension and dismay.
You work at positions that bring sorrow and pain.
What is needed is to look beyond the sorrow and pain
and look through the barrier that keeps the soul separate
from the physical world.
You must look beyond the mask
and see the world of beauty and calm¾
the world of joy.
You must look carefully
for you must look in order to witness this inner world.
In seeing beyond the physical you are able to help and to heal the inner wounds that cause pain, sorrow, and illness. In doing this, you create the ability to help heal others and to be fully present in order to provide the insight to allow each person to heal themselves. There exists an energy exchange between souls. An exchange that is initiated by a simple touch or a moment's concern. I simply place my hand on a patient's arm and see an immediate response. They "feel" better and begin to relax - to accept my presence without concern. I act as the transmitter and they receive what is needed for their healing process to begin. It is this interconnection that is the most powerful mystery known. It is not a physical interconnection but one that begins beyond the mask - beyond the ability of our physical world to measure.
Thich Nhat Hanh in his Living Buddha, Living Christ talks about the ocean as a metaphor for the realm beyond the mask. He says:
"When you see only waves, you might miss the water. But if you are mindful, you will be able to touch the water within the waves as well. Once you are capable of touching the water, you will not mind the coming and going of the waves. You are no longer concerned about the birth and the death of the wave. You are no longer afraid. You are no longer upset about the beginning or the end of the wave, or that the wave is higher or lower, more or less beautiful. You are capable of letting these ideas go because you have already touched the water. "
Again, words are given in quiet to all who are willing to listen:
When you work at seeing beyond the physical mask
you begin to see life differently.
You see life as the love it is and the miracle it entails.
You begin to hear your inner voice
for it is the Spirit's voice.
Allow this voice
to become who you are.
Allow it to become your new life
to become the love you see¾
for this is the world of your dreams.
My journey began about 16 years ago. For the previous 15 years I had developed an evening routine that included time for quiet, time for reflection, and time for prayer. One particular evening I was preparing for this routine. I readied myself as usual. The room was quiet the lights dimmed and as I sat down in my chair I heard the name 'Eban' come into my mind. I thought nothing of it and continued my preparation for quiet. I sat in my usual position closed my eyes and allowed my mind to clear. Suddenly without warning I heard the following words. "My name is Eban and I am here to aid you and guide you along your life's journey" Those words began a journey of transformation that has continued for over 16 years. I was introduced that evening to a teacher of great dimension a teacher of love. Our path together has resulted in the writing of four books and one audio cassette program. Together we have begun a journey that has affected many. Eban became my teacher and I his student. As I reflect on my life I am thankful for all who have been my teachers and the influence they have had in shaping my life. That evening all I knew changed and in an instant my awareness expanded to include what before seemed impossible. I had made first contact and had re?connected with Spirit. I discovered how important it is to spend time with Spirit.
Today is a special day set aside for us to reconnect with Spirit. It is also a time to get to know each other and to allow Spirit to enter our lives. Let's take a few moments and quiet our minds. Let go of thoughts and desires and allow our souls to open. I would ask each of you to create the intent to fully connect with Spirit and to allow the reality of inner peace to enter your life. Just for these few hours just for the remainder of our time together allow your mind to open. In doing this, you will find a reconnection occur with Spirit and peace return to your life. Listen for a moment and allow your mind to quiet.
Listen to words from Spirit:
As I walk along my life's path
I feel a certain love for each creature I see.
I know of their wisdom and feel each vibration they give.
I am at ease.
I am one with their love.
As I look at the evening stars
I notice a certain calm that engulfs me.
I see a love that echoes all around me
and causes my heart to grow.
As I walk among people
I sense a certain hesitation between them.
I sense hostility and fear.
Why are people so different?
Why do they cause so much pain?
The answer lies within their souls.
Deep within the cascading rows of events
that each has undergone.
They seek a new life
but fail to walk the path of that new life.
They want so much
but fail to move in the direction of its love.
Why do they fall short?
The answer must be explored by each of us alone.
We must connect with the inner calm of our souls.
and allow its calmness to become our new self.
We must allow our souls to become the leading influence in our
As long as we allow our human mind to create our world we will find it without peace.
We will find the quest for more the desire for more the need for more overcome each of us daily.
When we allow our soul to become the spokesperson for our life we find calm overcomes any fear.
We find a peace that supersedes the world of pain
and find our world changing dramatically.
It is important to see this connection.
and to realize that in seeing this connection
we create visions of love in our world.
By doing this, we become at peace with all of creation and find a world of love surround us.
Become at peace
and know of the world you seek.
Know that in order to become a new soul
you must create a new vision of your world.
You must undergo a fundamental change in the direction of
and head in this direction with all your heart.
Hear the words that are uttered by everyone you meet.
Listen to them
and allow them to hear your soul music.
creates a new vision of love.
and creates the rhythm needed
to overcome the blockages of your life.
Allow your world to become new.
Allow it to become a world of love.
Allow it to fashion out of the world around you
the vision of love it is.
Do this and become at peace.
Do this and find rest.
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|Reviewed by Vesna Blueflame
|I hope others in the medical field READ you..the health system would benefit tremendously..
|Reviewed by Valerie Roeske
|what a heart warming beauty, you are very powerful in your words, I felt I was reading my own, as I have been connected to the inner light of the spirit and also the other side of passing, a true gem, thanks for sharing this fabulous reading, I truely enjoyed it, I will read more of your words, God Bless you soul, "It Shines "|
|Reviewed by m j hollingshead
|enjoyed the read........ ;0)|